The Icelandic national team in men’s football tied Mexico 0-0 in a friendly football match that took place in Charlotte, North Carolina in the US, last night. Coach Ólafur Jóhannesson was satisfied with the performance of the Icelandic team.
Iceland plays against England in 2003. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
“We put up a good fight. We knew before the game that we would not have the ball as often as the other team—which is often the case with the Icelandic national team. But I’m satisfied with the players’ performance. They did a really good job,” Jóhannesson commented to visir.is.
Around 70,000 spectators watched the game and were rather loud. Most of Iceland’s players aren’t used to playing in front of such a large crowd. “The atmosphere at the stadium was amazing. I said before the game that this could only be fun,” Jóhannesson added.
“The only thing I was disappointed about is that I couldn’t allow more players to participate in the game,” the coach said. He didn’t make many changes. “When games develop this way it is difficult for new people to enter. It changes the rhythm of the game,” he explained.
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